Friday, October 16, 2009

John Dalberg Acton (1834-1902) - christiansquoting.org.uk

Guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgements are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing.
John Dalberg Acton (1834-1902)

History must be our deliverer not only from the undue influence of other times, but from the undue influence of our own, from the tyranny of environment and the pressures of the air we breathe. Lord Acton (Cited in Eerdmans Handbook to the History of Christianity (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977), p. 2.

In every age its [liberty's] progress has been beset by its natural enemies, by ignorance and superstition, by lust of conquest and by love of ease, by the strong man's craving for power, and the poor man's craving for food."--Lord Acton

It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason. -- Lord Acton

There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men.John Dalberg Acton (1834-1902)

There is no worse heresy then that the office sanctifies the holder of it. -- Lord Acton

Resist your time--take a foothold outside it. --Lord Acton, MSS notes, Cambridge, late 19th century

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